Longevity – Products made to last

When purchasing home goods, it’s important to think of longevity. Rather than purchasing something to last 6 months or less, you can purchase something to last for years. CAPERS strongly believes and supports shopping for durability and quality and our store strives to reflect exactly that. Most items in-store are either local or imported from other countries such as France and Nepal. Quality, sustainability and fair-trade are at the forefront of the purchasing decisions.

Items made to last, all from France:

Le’ Jacquard Francais linens- Since 1888, Le’ Jacquard Francais has been making textiles in France. The brand is one of the most internationally well-known for high end table linens. The firm only uses natural fibers: cotton and linen, which are among the finest on the market. They are both produced with the longest fibers, which help to keep the vibrancy in the colors. We like it most for the designs, color combinations and durability of these tablecloths, tea towels and napkins.

Sabre was founded in 1993 and is known for it’s high social level cutlery. The founder’s project was to ‘cut through the monotony of tableware, combining, for the first time, craftsmanship and freedom with colours, shapes and materials.’ The blades are created in a stainless-steel and carbon alloy to ensure a high cutting capacity. The  handles are made of acrylic and created to remain bright without darkening over time. We love the vibrant colors and beautiful neutrals; adding color to your table setting in an unusual way.

Revol began in 1768 in Lyon, France and 9 generations of family have taken over the company to continue the legacy. In 1980, the firing process was refined and the company then stuck to porcelain, adjusting the name to Revol Porcelain. The goal has always been to redefine tableware and make it stand out from the crowd. The brand has lasted for over 250 years because of the quality and longevity of its products. We love this tableware because it’s microwave safe and lasts forever. We have first hand experience using these plates and they truly are strong and easy to clean!

Fermob is yet another brand that’s known to last. Their designs have been made for over 100 years. Originally a manufacturer of metal tables and chairs, they know offer a wide range of outdoor furniture, accessories and lighting solutions. The brand always seeks the best materials in their creations, adding wood elements and other matter. The goal of the brand is to add color, friendliness and sociability to outdoor furniture and accessories. Capers loves it because it’s made to last, the colors are fabulous and it’s really comfortable.



Valentine’s Day Gifts

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and sometimes it can be difficult to think of a thoughtful gift idea. It’s safe to say that most women can all agree on their love for candles, chocolates and jewelry, and we have you covered on every front. As jewelry is very unique to each person’s distinctive sense of style, we have an eclectic array of options.

Below is a list of jewelry makers that CAPERS carries in-store.


Verre Modern: Verre is the french word for glass and not coincidentally, the reason for the brand name. With the belief that less is more, the founder decided on simple but elegant glass designs for her jewelry. 10% of the sales go to charitable giving to encourage the idea of feeling good while you shop.


Alizah Olivas: Alizah is a West Seattle native that has been making jewelry for just over 5 years. She enjoys forging fine silver and working with semi-precious stones. Combining work and fun, Alizah is continuously passionate about creating jewelry and experimenting with merging silver and stones.

Susan Goodwin: With over 35 years of experience in the art of jewelry making, Susan’s current focus is in pearls and precious stones. Also a Washington native, Susan has done extensive travel and landed back in the PNW, creating jewelry as more than just a hobby but a way to make women shine brighter.

Uni: Uni creator is now a Portland local and gets inspiration from nature and her surroundings. Each piece of jewelry is hand-made and the technique is unique to each. Uni ties ancient to modern and simple to complex, finding beauty in how these polarities transform into wearable objects of adornment.

Shelli Markee: Shelli’s work is an expression of her life full of family, friends and shared creative expression. With a background in design, photography and music, Shelli was bound to find a creative outlet that allowed her to share and evolve her unique sense of style. She finds pride and gratitude in jewelry making.


Potluck Paris: Sourced from Parisian designers, Potluck Paris offers jewelry that is on the cutting edge of fashion. Specializing in chunky rings, hammered cuffs, elaborate bracelets and divine necklaces, any outfit can be dressed up or down.

Each jeweler has remarkable characteristics that set them apart from traditional jewelry found in most stores. From chunky to dainty and everything in between, CAPERS’ jewelry selection will surely fit your loved one’s flair. Our staff is happy to help find the best fit for your Valentine/Galentine!


Q13 Interviews Christine Olson during Pop-Up at CAPERS

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SEATTLE – One West Seattle store is helping another local business owner after her store was damaged by an arson fire in Fremont.

This weekend, the art store Sfingiday is back with a little help from West Settle store Capers.

On Christmas Eve, an arson set fire to several businesses in Fremont. Christine Olson’s store, Sfingiday, was one of them.

“My husband sent me a picture that was on the news and it was my store with smoke pouring,” said Olson.

Olson is a painter. She says her whole life has been filled with art. So, this past July, she decided to open an art gallery.

Sfingiday is named after the Sphingidae Moth. Olson’s art store carried her own creations, as well as the work of more than 100 artists from across the country.

“It was hard to see so much beautiful work ruined,” she said.

Capers is letting Olson use it’s store space to get back to doing what she loves. Both Saturday and Sunday, Olson will be selling art again, and it will cost her nothing to use Caper’s space.

“It’s been lovely; it’s touching,” said Olson.

Olson says she has no plans on stopping anytime soon.

Sfingiday is still operating as an online store, and Olson says she plans to move back into her Fremont location this March.

Washington Post Interviews CAPERS Owner, Lisa Myers

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The best doormats, according to experts

Correction: An earlier version of this story gave the incorrect price for Chilewich’s Simple Stripe mat. The mat is $55, not $52. This version has been corrected.

The Rope Co.’s doormats are handmade in Maine by fifth-generation lobstermen. (Meredith Brockington for the Rope Co.)

January 2

Even if you have a no-shoe policy in your house, there will be times when you need to dash inside with your shoes on for one last thing, or times when a handyman or repair person needs to wear work boots indoors. For these situations — and for shoe-on houses — doormats are essential.

“With a good brush and stomp, doormats can prevent debris, wet snow and dripping rainwater from entering your home,” says Lindsey Handel, a buyer for the garden and home store Terrain in Pennsylvania.

Doormats may help with a comprehensive allergy-fighting plan, too, says Stephen Kimura, a board-certified ­allergist in Pensacola, Fla. “If you’re going to wear your shoes in the house, at least wiping them is going to help some. We’ve got pollen season now year-round, so these measures are important.”

Kimura’s family doesn’t wear shoes indoors, but they do have inexpensive washable cotton mats with rubber backings at each door to catch crud and set shoes on. The right doormat for your house depends on whether it will be completely exposed or under a ­covered porch.

For exposure, Handel recommends coir; for covered exposure, she says you can go for a less-durable jute-and-coir mix. The best thickness ­depends on whether the mat is inside or outside.

“It’s nice to have a softer and thinner rug inside and a more bristly, durable one outside,” says Joy Cho, of California design studio Oh Joy . We dug up more dirt on doormats to deliver you five options chosen by experts. Welcome home to a cleaner house.

Chilewich‘s Simple Stripe pattern ($55). (Chilewich)

Although Cho, with two children, has a no-shoe policy at home, she considers doormats a “decorative and a fun way to greet guests” and help catch dirt, water and snow before shoes are placed inside the door. If you have one main entry, Cho says to go “with one you really love that makes a statement or has a fun greeting.” For any secondary entries, she suggests coordinating the look of those mats: “They could all be exactly the same for consistency or just have a similar vibe.” For interior entryways, she recently designed some washable interior entry rugs for Lorena Canals. For exterior doors, she likes vinyl Chilewich mats, which are mold-, mildew- and chlorine-resistant, with a water-blocking, slip-resistant vinyl backing. The company’s latest design — Simple Stripe ($55, chilewich.com) — has a functional stripe made of PVC yarns that scrape away debris.

Entryways Knot-Ical handwoven coconut-fiber doormat ($38.57)

French stripe doormat ($59.95)

Terrain’s Handel says that in most climates, the fiber coir, which is made from the husk of a coconut, is best for exterior doormats that are exposed to the weather. “The thicker and scratchier the doormat you can find, the better,” she says, for scraping off dirt. She prefers a knot-patterned weave doormat for its classic look. These can be found almost everywhere, including Home Depot, which has the Entryways Knot-Ical handwoven coconut-fiber doormat ($38.57, homedepot.com).

In the Midwest and Northeast, doormats need to be winterproof. The Chicago-based co-founders of the Everygirl Media Group, Alaina Kaczmarski and Danielle Moss, both use coir doormats to dust off the snow. “The bristles absorb moisture and actually catch the snow as you brush your feet off,” Kaczmarski says. Coir doesn’t always last past a season, but she says it’s worth buying because coir is best at snow removal. Both Kaczmarski and Moss like coir mats from Williams-Sonoma, such as the French stripe doormat ($59.95, williams-sonoma.com).

The Rope Co. doormat ($65-$129).

For a multiseason mat that can handle whatever winter throws at it, try a lobster-rope mat, says Lisa Myers, owner of home-goods store Capers in Seattle. “They work to shed the water and they have a little bit of coarseness to the rope that takes the dirt off,” Myers says. She highlights the Rope Co.’s doormats, handmade in Maine by fifth-generation lobstermen ($65-$129, theropeco.com). “They’re super durable. I had a similar one for many years and I just hosed it down and it keeps looking great.”

Rockport Ropes mat ($41.99-$389.99).

“I’ve used rope mats on several projects, usually beach or summer homes,” says Josh Linder, owner of Evolve Residential in Boston.

 They are “a fun first peek into the interior of the home, but also are incredibly rugged and well wearing,” he says. “Rope, made for the oceans . . . is intended to take a beating.” He likes Rockport Rope’s mats, which come in a variety of sizes ($39.99-$389.99, rockportdoormats.com).






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